Hints of fall are in the air, and with them perhaps is a desire to splurge on one fabulous item or window shop with an extra drool. Today, we’ve gathered items that are seriously drop-dead gorgeous, but come with a heftier price tag. Each item is one that if we had the money to spend, would absolutely tempt us.
Luxe Loves is our counterpart to the Cheap Thrills list that we alternate with throughout the year at SB.
JEWELRY: An easy way to drop some coin is to fall head-over-heels for some bling. Here are a few items catching our eyes.
Stack of statement rings
You’ve seen stacks of rings for years, and they are well embraced by many. But this stack of rings really got our attention with a serious WOW factor. Perhaps some finger candy is in your future?! These were all found at Cindi Earl. Prices listed in the caption below.
Yellow gold at its best
Talk about a pair of earrings that compliments any and all outfits. These 18k yellow gold hoop earrings are handmade by jewelry designer Ray Griffiths. Look at that detail. They are gorgeous, timeless and just in at Anatra Jewel. $3,395. Anatra Jewel.
A beautiful gold ring
Each time we are in AshBlue, their jewelry captivates us. One reason is jewelry designer Anne Sportun. This gold ring with diamond accents is simply fabulous now and forever. $2,520.
HIT THE ROAD: Fall beckons for a weekend getaway
Looking for a place to lap up some luxury for a beautiful fall weekend? How about The Homestead in Virginia? Now owned by Omni, this classic resort provides golf, horseback riding, tennis, swimming, hiking, paintball, miniature golf, a movie theater and more! Dine in the Main Dining Room for an upscale experience you will never forget — or opt for a more casual option. No worries, whatever your desire, The Homestead has it all. Drive time from Nashville? Eight hours. Want to fly? The closest airport is Roanoke Regional Airport.
Staycation at The Omni
Instead of leaving home for a fall getaway, embrace Nashville with another Omni adventure: Mokara Spa. Even better, stay the night at the Omni and get spa services as well! Mokara offers lavish facial and body treatments to rejuvenate your skin and revitalize your senses, which may be just what you need as you head into the holiday frenzy (because Christmas will be here just about … tomorrow).
KEEP WARM: Chilly nights will be here soon, so ways to keep warm definitely made it onto our Luxe Loves list!
Navy blazer with two looks
This tailored Veronica Beard navy blazer is the one you want: perfectly tailored and perfect with everything. But wait a sec. What about the yummy chunky sweater? It buttons in and out for extra layering and warmth without the added bulk. Fabulous, right? It will cost you a pretty penny, but we think we might wear it every day and then sleep in it if it were ours. $795 at H. Audrey.
Cashmere poncho with fringe
The poncho to end all others. This 360 Cashmere poncho with fringe polishes off any look with casual elegance. Football games, outdoor cocktail and dinner parties, fall festivals and patio dining. Having this poncho may have you suddenly in need of a weekend fall getaway, where you can wander cobblestone sidewalks in quaint towns wearing your poncho all day long! Available at Gus Mayer for $391.
This silk plaid sportcoat will be grabbed time and time again. And the fact that it feels like butter will keep you pleased with this luxe purchase for years to come. Samuelsohn is one of North America’s oldest quality menswear companies, located in Montreal. Oxford Shop owner Eric Viars says, “Sportcoats are really gaining in popularity, particularly over the last three or four years. Today’s man wants to have the flexibility to dress his jackets up or down and have three or four options in his closet that a sportcoat can go with. The question we get asked all the time is, ‘Can I wear this with jeans?’ The answer … ‘Absolutely.’ ” $1,455 at The Oxford Shop.
Updated barn jacket: The Quail Jacket – for him
From Billy Reid, this jacket instantly provides a bit more refinement than the typical barn jacket. Expertly tailored, this jacket will be just as welcome in the fields as it is tailgating or at any casual work gathering. $595.
ENTERTAIN: it’s that time to embrace the outdoors and have people over. Here are some luxe loves for your entertaining wants.
Consider outsourcing your dinner party and truly enjoying it yourself. Call Kristen Winston, The Corner Market or M Street Catering and Events and you just might be hooked, especially if you consider your own time valuable! For other catering options, see our SB Guide.
Add a focal point to your next party that serves a purpose: warmth. These fire pits by Fire Pit Art are made locally in Lebanon, Tenn., and are true pieces of functional art made to last a lifetime.
SKIN GOODIES: Makeup always makes for a fun splurge, as you can use it immediately and embrace the results at once.
Hydrating long-wear lip color
Hydrating and long-wearing are not adjectives that show up readily together in the realm of lip color. But defying the odds, Smashbox has a luscious one for you to try: BE LEGENDARY LONG WEAR LIP LACQUER. Yep, they obviously think highly enough of this new product to deem it a legend. And that’s just what this is set up to become. The formula delivers maximum high-lacquered color with hydrating comfort all day long. Available at The Cosmetic Market for $24.
Omorovicza Blue diamond Resurfacing Peel
We are big fans of the Omorovicza line at Private Edition and once again, the line has a tempting luxe love that promises great results. Rejuvenate skin the summer sun has dried out and left behind. Benefits include: lightening, brightening and firming. Lactobionic and lactic acids, together with powerful AHAs, refine complexion and stimulate cell renewal. Kerotolytic enzymes brighten tone and copper gluconate purifies the skin and regulates the production of sebum to avoid shine. $195.
Essential Shock Intense Complex
This antiaging serum delivers a powerful dose of potent, nutrient-rich amino acids, vitamins and isoflavones aimed at increasing collagen and elastin, reducing wrinkle depth and tightening skin. Use twice daily for youthful, radiant skin. Available at Woo Skincare + Cosmetics.
Edward Bess makeup
This boutique collection of cosmetics and skincare just arrived in Nashville via the impressive Hyde Salon, located on the backside of Jamie. What caught our attention is Edward Bess’ understanding that most women need quick, easy to apply cosmetics with long-lasting, beautiful results. He has said that women should not need more than two makeup brushes and their fingertips to apply his entire collection of makeup. For colors that beautify any skin tone, stop by Hyde Salon and ask Cody to help you see what works best. Have an event? Book an appointment for $70 to have your makeup done with this collection and you can see firsthand why it’s worth every penny.
HOME: With fall, comes the holidays and with the holidays, company arrives. Is your home ready?
Antique French commode
This French transitional-style, 19th-century, painted commode captured our eye for the details (notice the fleur de lis on the side), as well as the many uses it could have. Equally at home in an entryway, living room, dining room, powder room and more. “The corners are reed and end with a tapered leg and brass-capped feet. Drawers are very functional with operating locks. The commode was painted at a later date (C.1870).” – Northgate Gallery, Inc. Call for price inquiry.
Glam-meets-rustic floor lamp
Prepare to be wowed from the moment you see this floor lamp in person. When you are looking for that special piece to make your room sing, add a fabulous lamp and feel your entire room come together. $1,250 at 2OH NEXT (new in the Gulch).
Old-time glamor pendant
This 1920s glass-beaded French sphere, with a coronate top, will add some true glamour to your home. Just imagine what it could do in a powder room. Available for $1,500 from R Higgins Interiors.
Since we’re talking about sprucing up your home for company in very luxe ways, how about a place to escape when it all gets to be a little too much? With the hefty price tag, we look at this as art for your private bathroom. Functional art. This tub is specifically designed to comfortably contour to people of all shapes and sizes. It’s in the .25 series by Waterworks and is available locally for $11,811 through Kenny & Company. 70″ long and 40″ deep!
SHOES & BAGS: No luxe love list is complete without some luxe shoes and bags!
Custom-made cowboy boots – men and women
This Music City-based company has some buzz and you need to know about it. Music City Leather will only make custom boots, but they are guaranteed to be your favorite. If you are looking for a boot that you will baby for decades because you just love it so much, ladies and gentlemen, meet that boot.
Handmade in Italy, this tote is in Lucchese’s new fall line and makes us drool. The Crosby is a modern classic with sides that extend, and arched base and refined tassels. And, of course, it has Lucchese’s signature stirrup hardware. $1895
Brindle cowhide weekender bag
Available at Two Old Hippies, this bag is made locally by Jeni Designs. With double leather handles and a detachable cross body strap, this bag will become a go-to favorite! Your own unique bag is waiting for you. $498. You can also purchase online, here.
Part of the fun of living in a city for awhile is learning all the characters, creatives, shop owners, etc. This bag, made locally by Emil Erwin, is named for a wonderful person we’ve been able to meet through our work at StyleBlueprint, Libby Callaway. As Emil says, ” … named for our good friend Libby Callaway, who, like the tote, is comfortable and commanding in any situation. Roomy, slouchy and versatile, the Libby is perfect for your daily commute, weekend shopping and everyday life in general.” We are especially fond of the large, interior, full-width pocket that can hold a laptop. $495 and available in black, chestnut or as seen here in peat.
Saved our best for last!
Last but not least, we’d like to share one more luxe love soon to be acquired by StyleBlueprint. This one is priceless. We are delighted to announce that Cathi Aycock is joining the StyleBlueprint team. Formerly with the Tennessean as the Shopping Diva, Cathi will head up our forthcoming StyleBlueprint Williamson County Edition and contribute as a fashion writer across all StyleBlueprint markets. In her own words, “My gifts include shopping. And talking. And somehow I parlayed that into a career as a stylist, personal shopper, and lifestyle writer.” We are excited to welcome her to our fast growing company. Learn more about Cathi from when she was a FACE of Nashville and from our press release.
We hope you enjoyed reading through our list of Luxe Loves as much as we enjoyed putting this list together for you!